Bulgaria 'EU's Biggest Recipient' in 2014-2020 Programs

Politics » BULGARIA IN EU | September 15, 2014, Monday // 07:43| Views: | Comments: 13
Bulgaria: Bulgaria 'EU's Biggest Recipient' in 2014-2020 Programs Kristalina Georgieva. Photo by BGNES

Bulgaria will be the biggest net recipient of EU funding in the next seven years, incoming EU Commission Vice President for Budget and Human Resources Kristalina Georgieva said.

In her first interview since EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker pointed her as one of his seven deputies last week, she added it will be up to her and to the national government to make sure the funds will be fully absorbed.

She told private national channel bTV the EUR 16 B should be used in a way promoting a more dynamic economy and the creation of jobs.

Georgieva noted the EUR 142 B budget of the 28-nation bloc carried "a big responsibility" and congratulated Bulgaria for having received the budgetary portfolio through Juncker's choice.

"I am working [to ensure] that there is more growth in Europe, more jobs for the people, better education, and this means better control on the use of the money. Whether in Bulgaria or anywhere else, we have to be responsible to our taxpayers, it is they who are financing the projects".

Georgieva also voiced her hopes she could give good advice where Bulgaria could vie to get more funding outside the EUR 16 B already projected.

She also thanked to the interim government for having embraced her candidacy.

Kristalina Georgieva is also Bulgaria's outgoing European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response.

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Warfou - 16 Sep 2014 // 19:38:31

In PL, the Axel Springer"s tabloid named "Fakt" made a very strong entry a few years ago gaining its place on the market by attacking literally everyone and everywhere including the catholic hierarchy (top target), but never without reasons. Then it went on, the others followed this aggressive style and the whole society is changing, no holy cows anymore. Bulgaria awaits the same, sooner or later. The BG's problem is that, opposite to Poland, it lies far from the most advanced part of Europe and importing ideas and modern society developments lasts much longer.

John Doe - 16 Sep 2014 // 16:39:18

And that's the predicament Bulgaria is in. There is no free aggressive press. Almost all have their output synchronized with one or the other mafia outfit. Bulgaria as a market is too small for serious foreign publishing investment.

Warfou - 16 Sep 2014 // 16:13:51

LET free media in ;)

And the media need to be of a foreign origin, outside of the local corruption scheme.

Warfou - 16 Sep 2014 // 16:07:42

Leave free and really very aggressive media in, and such situations will not be taking place. The corruption may, to some extent, go upon a higher level like it is everywhere in Europe but the post-communist holy cows in situations as such will be deprived of their power. I don't want to be boring with my stories on Poland all the time but in the 90s it was ruled by post-communists from the SLD party (BSP equivalent) and similar situations were very often there, as well.

John Doe - 16 Sep 2014 // 11:36:15

When you live on the wrong side of the fence.
A little Bulgarian story.
I bid for a machine that was up on a auction by a state agency. Half hour before closing I gave my bid in a closed envelope to an official of the court. I did not get the machine, I was overbid by 2 Leva. My original bid was 42500 Leva.
The winning bid was handed in 15 minutes before closing time. The winner was the husband of the lady that runs the state agency. You want to know what party she belongs to?

Fester - 16 Sep 2014 // 10:17:20

"the damn westerners are lying again. there is NO money for bulgaria from the euro union. the euro people ONLY steal from bulgaria. get this in your head."

It's all lies don't you see, the only generous people we can count on are the Russians, our Slavic loving peaceful brothers according to the Retard from Hamilton. They can and should control our energy sector. Mafias and cartels are healthy for economic growth.

johny7 - 16 Sep 2014 // 04:34:50

the damn westerners are lying again. there is NO money for bulgaria from the euro union. the euro people ONLY steal from bulgaria. get this in your head.

Agent Piccadilly - 15 Sep 2014 // 17:06:02

EDC, clearly you have no understanding of how things work in Bulgaria - for a start EU money is efficiently absorbed by Bulgaria - even arch anti-socialist Seedy would agree with that statement. Secondly, the only party that has consistently absorbed more EU funds than any other is the BSP - just because a few Euros has to be paid in consultancy fees to various expert officials, judges and politicians just reflects the inclusive way of doing business in Bulgaria and is NOT in any way related to corruption. I suggest you pubicly apologize for defaming the good name of Bulgaria, and in particular my comrades in the BSP.

EDC - 15 Sep 2014 // 16:58:54

If the EU Do not OVERSEE the spending of every last cent the fat cats will take the cream and half of what is left for good measure . Then of course when it comes to pay it all back the country will have no money , these are LOANS not GIFTS you will have to pay it back someday and they the fat cats who took the cream will have left and the people left with the debt .
The creaming of the top , and those that take a little as the funds move down ,needs to be stopped across the country . Bulgaria can not go on burying your heads in the sand ,you can no longer ignore where this money disappears to .

Goodnews - 15 Sep 2014 // 12:00:24

When someone cheats or thieves on their Husband, Wife or Partner and they divorce, and they cheat or thieve again the word get around and eventual they are left lonely.

Perhaps those whom also thieve from their parents or Mother Bulgaria, find the same fate until no one thieves no more.

Warfou - 15 Sep 2014 // 11:49:16

If Bulgaria manages to limit frauds with regard to these funds, they will help a lot. In 1989 BG and PL were on a comparable level of development, now an average Pole can buy twice as much goods and services as average Bulgarian. It was achieved with a big help of these funds. To get them, you'll also need to modernise public administration and make it more efficient and professional. This is another advantage because of them.

Maastricht - 15 Sep 2014 // 11:15:51

And then they blame Brussels and say the EU doesn't send enough money. Well, if you steal half of it, there's not much left. We can't wipe your asses Bulgarians, you have to learn to that yourselves.

Philippe - 15 Sep 2014 // 11:03:13

How will this happen? They always cheat and Brussels blocks it.

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